Travel Today, 28 January
It’s set to be a busy year for tourism in Samoa with new hotels and resorts opening, paired with plenty of events and attractions. Speaking at a lunch in Auckland yesterday for key trade partners, visiting Samoa Tourism Authority’s Dwayne Bentley said this year is going to be a ‘game changer’ for the country. An inclination, perhaps, was the ‘huge growth’ in the Kiwi market last year, and with more offerings this year, this is looking set to increase yet again. Bentley added that agents can expect to see him here in New Zealand more often, working closely with local rep Sonny Rivers, in a bid to further build relationships with the trade and in general, be more visible in the Kiwi market.
New for 2016 includes the much anticipated opening of Sheraton Samoa’s Aggie Grey’s Hotel & Bungalows which is marked for 15 Apr, adding 175 new rooms to the market. Sheraton Samoa’s Carl Amos said while there have been a few delays, after seeing the hotel last week, ‘it’s looking very much on track for that date’.
There’s also the Taumeasina Island Resort tipped to open 01 Jun. Situated on the north coast of Apia, the fourstar resort will offer a mix of hotel suites and private villa accommodation, conference and wedding facilities, watersports and more. Former All Black Michael Jones has signed on as brand ambassador, and the resort is set to crank up its promotions, as well as work closely with agents.
Meanwhile, the owners of Saletoga Sands are on track for a soft opening of sister property Saletoga Beach Hotel & Bungalows in Apr, advises Coconuts Travel Marketing. Once complete, clients will have the choice of staying in one of nine
beach bungalows, or in a two storey hotel room block.
Photo credit - Penina Momoisea